C3: Short Film

Learning Objective: 
to produce a short film, a promotional website and postcard for a film festival, plus digital evidence of the process of work, and a creative critical reflection - all housed on a blog

Success Criteria:

AO2:  Apply knowledge and understanding to show how meanings are created when analysing media products and when evaluating their own practical work.
AO3:  Plan and construct media products using appropriate technical and creative skills.
AO4:  Undertake and apply appropriate research.

According to the National Television and Film School (NTFS) a short film is "any film not long enough to be considered a feature".

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines a short film, eligible for nomination for the Oscars, as “an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits”. However, i
t is possible to have shorts that are significantly shorter, with some festival categories even allowing for films as brief as 90 seconds long.

Short films can be professional or amateur productions and are often screened at film festivals and frequently made by independent filmmakers on low budgets, as a way of showcasing their talent in order to gain funding for future films.

A short film will differ from a feature in a number of ways other than just length, of course. In a short, there isn’t enough time for so much exposition or introduction of as many key characters as you would expect from a feature. A short requires a real economy of action, dialogue, plot and locations to be effective.